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Vol 50 No 16

Published 7th August 2009


Congo-Brazzaville

A general in waiting

Emmanuel Ngouelondele-Mongo was not the only critic of the conduct of Congo's 12 July presidential election or President Denis Sassou-Nguesso's record in power (AC Vol 50 No 12). Former Finance Minister Mathias Dzon was equally outspoken. Yet Ngouelondele, a retired Gendarmerie General, carries a certain moral authority as a loyal professional soldier who served both the old Marxist regime as security chief and, later, President Pascal Lissouba's government as head of the President's Military Office. He speaks from his home in Brazzaville, rather than from the comfort of exile. At 72, though, he is past the age limit for presidential candidates.

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